Essential Oils 101

What are essential oils?

Essentials oils are just another one of mother nature’s gifts. They are 100% natural, non-toxic oils that are extracted from various plants, roots, and herbs. The oils are so concentrated that on average they are 50-75% more potent than the plants and herbs themselves. Every essential oil provides physical, mental, emotional, and even spiritual benefits specific to its individual properties. They are extremely versatile and can be used for:

  • Alternative medicine
  • Natural healing and nourishment for the mind, body, and spirit
  • Boosting the immune system
  • Mood management
  • Replacing household chemical products to reduce toxic load
  • Enhancing meditation and relaxation
  • Detox drinks

It should be noted that not all oils are created equal. Beware of synthetic essential oils! Most brands can only be used aromatically and warn against topical and internal use even though they claim to be 100% pure. I recently came across a brand that promises pure, potent, high quality oils and I’ve been using and loving Doterra essential oils ever since.

Why DoTerra?

One word: quality. Doterra essential oils are 100% pure. A lot of the oils you’ll find at drugs stores and health food stores are diluted with fillers and other additives, making them less potent and unsafe for topical and internal use. Because DoTerra essential oils are pure, they are safe to inhale, apply to skin and ingest. DoTerra even goes as far as sharing quality insurance information on their website for each product.

How do I use essential oils?

Aromatically- Inhaling essential oils engages the sensors in your nasal cavity, lungs and pores. When this happens, these sensors emit signals to your limbic system, which immediately triggers the portion of the brain responsible for emotions and feelings. Depending on the benefit of the essential oil, the response will enhance or regulate certain physiological and psychological responses. And all of this happens within 22 seconds of inhaling!

Topically- Your skin is the largest organ in your body. Topical application affects nerve endings, sweat glands, heat sensors, sebaceous (oil-producing) glands, and blood vessels. By the end of two minutes, you can be sure the essential oil has reached your bloodstream and has already begun to reach all the cells in your body.

Internally- Most, not all, essential oils can be taken internally. Yes, this means you can drop them under your tongue, add a few drops to your water, and even incorporate them into food recipes!

What are some popular essential oils and their uses?

LAVENDER

Properties: soothing and calming with a sweet, floral aroma
Uses: aromatic, topical, internal

  • Inhale or diffuse to relax and calm the nervous system
  • Apply to the forehead and back of the neck to reduce feelings of anxiety
  • Gently apply to sun burned skin for relief
  • Apply to skin to treat irritation and skin disorders such as psoriasis and eczema
  • Apply to wrists and neck as natural perfume
  • Put a few drops on your pillow case at night to promote peaceful sleep
  • Soak in a warm lavender bath to calm nerves and promote relaxation
  • Put a few drops in your dryer to freshen laundry

LEMON

Properties: cleansing, revitalizing, and uplifting with a citrusy aroma
Uses: aromatic, topical, internal

  • Add 1-2 drops in warm water for a detox drink (promotes healthy digestion, aids in curing sore throat, reduces kidney and gallbladder stones)
  • Diffuse or inhale in the morning to uplift and energize
  • Take internally to help treat a hangover
  • Add to a spray bottle of water for a natural disinfectant spray

PEPPERMINT

Properties: cooling and energizing with a minty aroma
Uses: aromatic, topical, internal

  • Apply to the forehead for a natural headache and fever reducer
  • Apply to lower back to alleviate lower back pain
  • Inhale to enhance focus and concentration
  • Inhale through mouth to freshen breath
  • Drop under tongue to help aid digestion and/or soothe an upset stomach
  • Add to water for a refreshing beverage (1 drop of peppermint oil is equal to 28 cups of peppermint tea)

FRANKINCENSE

Properties: renewing, beautifying, and grounding with a warm aroma
Uses: aromatic, topical, internal

  • Diffuse, inhale and/or apply to the crown of the head to enrich meditation practices
  • Apply to skin to reduce scarring
  • Add to moisturizer to promote the appearance of radiant-looking skin
  • Take two drops internally to support healthy immune, digestive, and brain function
  • Apply to cuticles for healthy nails
  • Apply to insect bites for itch relief
  • Apply to the bottom of feet to balance mood

MELALEUCA (TEA TREE)

Properties: soothing and cleansing with a fresh aroma
Uses: aromatic, topical, internal

  • Apply to rashes and cuts to help treat fungal and bacterial infections
  • Treats acne and acne scarring
  • Apply to skin as a natural bug repellant
  • Diffuse to help purify and freshen the air

ON GUARD BLEND

Properties: energizing and uplifting with a spicy aroma
Uses: aromatic, topical, internal

  • Take two drops internally for a quick immune boost
  • Apply two drops into the palm of your hands as a natural hand sanitizer
  • Take internally to treat sore throat, strep throat, or the common cold
  • Add a few drops to water and gargle for a healthy mouth rinse

Where can I get ‘em?

Right here!

All of the essential oils mentioned above can be purchased individually, as well as a part of the Family Kit, which can be found under the “Collections” tab.

For all other inquiries, email me at marygalske@gmail.com.

Namaste!

Mary

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